The Great Dive Podcast

The Great Dive Podcast
Grab your logbooks and gather around as James and…

133 - Price of Arrogance
Oct 11 • 49 min
The boys really get into character on this episode as they look at the dangers of taking your earthly problems underwater with you. Fixating on a goal, solo diving, lack of awareness and more; this dive takes an emotional look at diving and marriage.…
132 - Taking Responsibility
Oct 4 • 52 min
Going scuba diving means you are one of the people who get off the couch and really live your life. You are not content to sit back and watch life through the eyes of your favorite TV character, you are living your own. But that comes with a cost. The…
131 - Skindivemanship
Sep 27 • 54 min
This is probably the most important episode of The Great Dive Podcast ever produced. If you have ever wanted to pretend to be a diver or find out how to recognize a poser, then this is the episode for you! As a diver, knowing which flipper to raise when…
130 - A Pirate’s Life
Sep 20 • 43 min
If schooners, islands and maroons, and Jasmine incense are your thing… then this episode is for you, me boy! Join the bootie-seeking, scallywags of TGDP on this look at the love affair of pirates and divers.
129 - Eardrum Injury
Sep 13 • 54 min
After a weekend of weather changes and allergies, the boys ran into a few divers with ear clearing troubles. Equalizing the ears is an overlooked art that many divers force into working. Learn from these stories before you find yourself with MEBT!
128 - Sealab 3
Sep 6 • 62 min
This time on Sealab, things don’t go so well. 100 Fathoms below the surface, when you are at 600fsw and you have problems it’s never a good day. Join Jamesy and Brando as they finish this little series about Sealab.
127 - Sealab 2
Aug 30 • 64 min
Leaving the warmer waters of Bermuda, Jamesy and Brando join Scott Carpenter and the other aquanauts 205 feet underwater off Scripps Canyon near La Jolla, California. Sealab 2 was bigger, better and lasted longer than the previous mission/experiment/war….
126 - SeaLab I
Aug 23 • 45 min
After George Bond’s famous Blow and Go from Episode 125, he started working on a new project that would have Americans living and working on the bottom of the ocean. This project would be come Sealab. Jamesy and Brando take a dip to join them on this…
125 - Blow and Go
Aug 16 • 59 min
Join your buddies from TGDP as they take a twilight zone trip with Papa Topside to make an Emergency Swimming Ascent from 300FSW. If you don’t laugh… Bad Things Happen!
124 - 10 Photo Mistakes
Aug 9 • 65 min
Be honest, have you ever made any of these photography mistakes? James and Brando even admit to a few. Plus the boys discuss other photography crimes and classic mistakes.
123 - Shark Tales
Aug 2 • 54 min
Join James and Brando as they continue to celebrate “Shark Week” with a “Lesson For Life” that comes from a chance encounter with (as you would expect) a shark. This week also includes the much awaited return of “Shark Johnson”. So sit back and have a…
122 - Wild Weekend
Jul 26 • 56 min
Shark Week starts tomorrow and TGDP kicks it off with a big bite! We take a trip to the land down under to jam with the Thunderbirds and take a swim with seals and sharks. Like they say down there, “You better pack your darkies if you’re going to swim…
121 - 333m
Jul 19 • 63 min
What is the #1 way divers die? Is it a skill issue? A mental issue? Ego? What is the difference in the mindset of a diver who dies while attempting to break the deep diver record, compared to a diver pushing their own personal limits with ego and…
120 - Scubastrology 101
Jul 12 • 86 min
Hey divers!! We have a fun one this week! Join Jamesy & Brando as we get in touch with our inner hippies and talk about astrology and scuba diving! We’ll have special guest star Alayna from KOXY Radio’s “AstroHo’s” show guide us through the zodiac for…
119 - Panic Prevention
Jul 5 • 63 min
Breathe Deep… Even the most skilled divers can fall victim to panic. Jamesy and Brando recall a couple of their own moments of panic underwater and try to keep cool in the presence of clowns.
118 - A Whole New World
Jun 28 • 57 min
Coming from the land of the ice and snow, Jamesy and Brando plunge into a dark dive that leads to a sad fatality for a father and son dive team. What happens when the reality of your experience mixes with your good intentions of instructing someone when…
117 - Summer BBQ Survival
Jun 21 • 64 min
Summer is finally here, and we have your Scuba Catastrophe Survival Guide ready for your listening pleasure. Panicked Buddy! Getting Lost! Trapped! Your Computer Conks Out!! Alexa, what do I do about this shark bite? We have the answers for you.
116 - To Pee Or Not To Pee, That Is The Question…
Jun 14 • 52 min
This one is pure gold…. sit back and let this week’s stream bathe your ears like a warm waterfall of relief. We tackle the always important yet rarely discussed topic of peeing in your wetsuit. Is it disgusting or is it a dire necessity? You decide as we…
115 - Are The Dive Tables Obsolete?
Jun 7 • 52 min
After sharing their congratulations from PADI for 20 years of service, the TGDP boys get into a discussion about the dive tables. Are they obsolete? In todays age of dive computers and custom profiles, are the old tables wrong??
114 - Old Green Boots
May 31 • 53 min
Keeping up to date on current affairs, the boys have a talk about the recent deaths at the top of Mt. Everest. There are many similarities to diving and goal-oriented diving in particular. Why do we dive? Is it for the log book or is it a spiritual…
113 - Up Your Mental Game
May 24 • 68 min
The boys jump into a long-awaited topic and discuss an article by Gareth Lock, author of the new book Under Pressure. This episode takes a deeper look at decision making and the value of situational awareness, biases and heuristics, and other ways that…
112 - Oh, Hal No!
May 17 • 52 min
If the boys at TGDP had $1 for every time they heard this story, TGDP would be living the sweet life down in the islands and broadcasting from the beach. It’s another Lesson For Life as the local diving season kicks off.
111 - A Brave New (Scuba) World or 1984 in 1975 Pt 3
May 10 • 55 min
This week we wrap up our three part series on how the scuba community nearly became yet another bureaucratic tax driven revenue system controlled by our “lords and masters” at city hall in Los Angeles during the mid 1970’s. Thankfully divers united and…
110 - A Brave New (Scuba) World or 1984 in 1975 Pt 2
May 3 • 45 min
To quote George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So listen and learn and keep your freedom! The boys continue their dive into Scuba history as they venture further into the true story of how Scuba was almost a…
109 - A Brave New (Scuba) World or 1984 in 1975
Apr 26 • 46 min
As divers, we’ve all been taught that here in the US, Scuba is a “self regulated” sport and the government does not really oversee how we train and dive in the recreational side of our beloved activity. But it wasn’t always this way… in fact, it was a…
108 - Planet Rx
Apr 19 • 44 min
As Earth Day approaches, the boys try something different on TGDP. This week they look at the ecological side of diving; cleaning up the litter and saving our planet. Do they do it with government intervention, while wearing speedos, with the help of…
107 - Double Trouble
Apr 12 • 45 min
The boys respond to a negative comment about TGDP and then they discuss the problems with the buddy system. Join them as they take a look back at nearly 50 years of the dive buddy.
106 - A Proper British Website For Proper British Divers
Apr 4 • 52 min
The boys take a look at BSAC’s very comprehensive “Safe Diver’s Guide” on their website. Have a listen!!
105 - 2018 BSAC Diving Incident Report Pt 2
Mar 29 • 69 min
James and Brando continue their dive into a few incidents included in the 2018 British Sub-Aqua Club Diving Incident Report. See what we can learn from the incidents about scuba accidents and how to avoid them or maybe bet yet, see what we can learn about…
104 - 2018 BSAC Diving Incident Report
Mar 22 • 70 min
James and Brando dive into some information from the 2018 British Sub-Aqua Club Diving Incident Report. We take a break from the nonsense talk and get into the deeper side of the reef. Join us as we talk statistics, diver qualifications, decompression…
103 - Oh The Profanity!!
Mar 15 • 55 min
There comes a time in every divers life that they’ll confront at least one of these 7 types of inconsiderate diver behavior and sometimes civil discourse is just unable to get the message across. Join Ol’ Jamesy and even Ol’ -der Brando as they throw…
102 - A 12 Step Program For Scuba Diving?
Mar 8 • 30 min
Ok, we’ve all been there… when your diving is bleeding into all aspects of your life. But when is it “too much”? Listen as James & Brando come to terms with this socially acceptable disease that can take over your life if you’re not careful.
101 - Buffoonus-Aquarius
Mar 1 • 50 min
Join us as the true sons of the fathers of diving, Jamesy and Brando, explore the wide world of archetypical diving personas. Beware of the Buffoonus- Aquarius. This is not a politically correct show in today’s world. But hey, we’re going back to 1961…
100 - Our 100th Episode Episode
Feb 22 • 55 min
Join Ol’ James and even Older Brando as they celebrate their 100th episode!! They’ll pop the bubbly and share this momentous occasion with their 2 biggest critics…their wifeys!! It’s a fun conversation as well as a way for us to say thanks for all the…
99 - The Incident at Indian Springs
Feb 15 • 62 min
The boys look at another side of underwater tragedy. In 1991, in northern Florida, a cave was being explored. After a successful dive, deep and long, the grim reaper appeared. This is the story of Parker Turners last dive.
98 - Cave Divers Die
Feb 8 • 45 min
Right in the middle of our National Cave Diving Month, the boys find a story about two cave divers who died as the result of many bad decisions. Although tragic, it is a story that all new divers can learn a lot from. Jamesy and Brando bring you these…
97 - Clan of the Cave Divers
Feb 1 • 54 min
Cave diving is not for everyone. However, all divers can learn a lot from the lessons learned in the overhead environment. Whether you are ready to join the “Clan of the Cave Divers” or just want to improve your sport diving skills, TGDP is here to help…
96 - The Impenetrable Cave
Jan 25 • 60 min
This is an early look back into the first days of cave diving. A perspective from today and a particularly close look at one of the very first cave dives, made by candlelight. Join us as we get Gutsy, Ballsy, and little Crazy.
95 - History of Diving Part 2
Jan 18 • 38 min
From Siebe to Scuba, the boys discuss the inventions and disasters all along the way. Self-Contained freedom was a dream for our early underwater adventurers. Hundreds of years and hundreds of inventions made their way into the thinking and refinement of…
94 - The History of Diving Part 1
Jan 11 • 51 min
TGDP hits the old history books and brings you a historical look at diving, without the help of any research assistants. Lacking any unpaid interns, the boys had to do it themselves. Grab your big tanks, this is going to be a long dive as we descend a…
93 - Diving Facts
Jan 4 • 47 min
The boys get a Happy New Years gift in the mail and then take some time to discuss some Old School Diving Facts. Bridging the gap between the last 25 years, James and Brando have a fun discussion about DCI, Safety Stops, Tables and Dive Computers and a…
92 - Nice Divers
Dec 28, 2018 • 52 min
Are you an ice diver? A nice diver? Do you know the difference?? Have you ever written a letter to the editor? Are you a member of the NRA?? Your buddies Jamesy and Brando explore some of Mid-West America’s best Ice Diving locations for a nice diver… or…
91 - So… You Wanna Dive The North Pole, Eh?
Dec 21, 2018 • 52 min
Your favorite dive buddies from TGDP try to get to the bottom of the first dive up at the North Pole. Turns out, it’s 14,000 FSW. With the help of a couple other Hosers, a couple brewskies, and a lot of flannel, eh… we figured out it was the Canadians…
90 - Oh the Humanatee and 10 Health Benefits of Diving
Dec 14, 2018 • 42 min
If this is the first episode you’ve heard from us, we’re sorry about the graphic nature of this week’s podcast. It is not politically correct and sometimes it is downright inappropriate. But, so is nature sometimes and that is what we are talking about.…
89 - The Backplate Special
Dec 7, 2018 • 50 min
LMAO! You need to listen to this episode ASAP. Jamesy and Brando get into a real SNAFU talking about BPW’s. Are you still diving a BCD? BCV? BCJ?? LOL! SMH:)
88 - Animal Savvy… You Either Have It Or Ya Don’t.
Nov 30, 2018 • 53 min
Do you feel like you may be “that guy” on the dive who just doesn’t seem to be able to see all those cool critters that the other divers are seeing? If so, this episode is for you!! (it’s for you if you aren’t that guy too!!) So have a listen as we…
87 - 2018 Christmas Wishlist
Nov 23, 2018 • 75 min
Ho! Ho! Ho! Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is upon us and as with tradition here at TGDP, we have a review of The Scuba Holiday Wishlist giving our thumbs up (abort the dive on that gift!) or thumbs down (Heck Yeah!! I’ll dive it!!)just in time for…
86 - More Zenny Diving
Nov 16, 2018 • 55 min
More Zenny Diving talk from your favorite dive podcasting duo. James & Brando discuss a book called “Zen Guitar” by Philip Toshio Sudo and how it’s approach to guitar playing and mastery can be extrapolated to diving and mastery of diving.
85 - Why We Dive
Nov 9, 2018 • 45 min
Is it for the C-card, the recognition and admiration, the ego or do we dive to make us more human? To return us to the elements and to learn something about ourselves. Your buddies Jamesy and Brando know what it is. The it, the zone, that missing human…
84 - The World Would Be A Better Place
Nov 2, 2018 • 53 min
It’s 7 something in the morning and your favorite dive buddies are deep into a philosophical conversation that most people rarely enjoy this early in the day. Except maybe for that small group of old guys at the coffee shop at 6 in the morning. The…
83 - Halloween 2- The Erie Board of Trade
Oct 26, 2018 • 50 min
James and Brando dive into a classic Great Lakes ghost story. This story about the Erie Board of Trade is chockablock full of skullduggery. So hold on to your halyards and mizzen up your main stays, this tale will have you warming up your wetsuits.
82 - Catastrophe Cake
Oct 19, 2018 • 46 min
The boys take on a touchy subject this week that most shops and instructors are hesitant to discuss. It involves the F word! Yes, the one you’re thinking of and also others like Fathers and Fatality and Float and another one that is not very PC today. But…
81 - Disaster Lasagna
Oct 12, 2018 • 50 min
What do you get when you mix 2 cups of Jamesy, 2 parts Brando, 3 tablespoons of Skin Diver Magazine and a dash of Near Death Experiences? BAM! You get, Disaster Lasagna!
7 God Dan Mistakes
Oct 5, 2018 • 55 min
The boys get back to some serious talk about helping you prepare to be a better diver. They found a Smart Guide to Safe Diving, put out by the Divers Alert Network. Listen in as they discuss how to avoid 7 God DAN Mistakes that divers make.
79 - Underwater Photography (Again)
Sep 28, 2018 • 45 min
Hey all You Sexy Thangs! It’s getting a bit chilly out there and may be time for some Hot Chocolate!! If you’re interested in underwater photography (or not) we are sure you’ll dig this week’s episode of TGDP! Have a listen… have a chuckle or two… learn a…
78 - Cocky or Confident??
Sep 21, 2018 • 53 min
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of fateful diver. That started from an Open Water course, then he wanted to dive a mighty ship. The boys back-roll into the summer of 2001 and find an instructor who wrote an article in Scuba Diving…
77 - Cronin 2- A Tough Son of a Bitch
Sep 14, 2018 • 58 min
In Part 2 of Menduno’s interview with Cronin, we get into who he was when he first started diving. The frustration with the industry, a vision of the future and how to put scuba on every home computer. Join us as we learn more about this tough son of a…
76 - The King Cronin
Sep 7, 2018 • 61 min
In a time where scuba was a bunch of sporting goods shops that started selling a new toy, The Aqualung, John Cronin had a vision of making it mainstream. The overbearing military approach to education was a roadblock in getting the masses into scuba…
75 - The Devil’s Gas
Aug 31, 2018 • 44 min
The boys get back to the early 90’s in the scuba diving industry. A time where breathing Nitrox was pure evil. The Devil’s Gas was banned by many and the scuba giant PADI did not embrace it. Ol’ Jamesy tries to stay on course, Brando gets fired up… it’s…
74- Zen and the Sandusky
Aug 24, 2018 • 51 min
The Sandusky is a wooden sailing brig that wrecked in the Straits of Mackinac in 1856. Still lying on the bottom mostly intact with beautiful bowsprit and figurehead, it is a magical sight for divers. But diving a wreck like this is so much more than just…
73 - Scuba Instructors: Can An Image Kill?
Aug 17, 2018 • 66 min
In a world where anyone can sue anyone else for virtually anything, is it a good idea to hold a Scuba Instructor responsible for a diving accident based on the “image” that instructor may have created for him/herself based on both his on duty and off duty…
72 - 130Ft Depth Limit
Aug 10, 2018 • 49 min
The Deeper we go underwater the greater the risk begins to climb. Unlike other sports where pushing the limits is encouraged, with diving we are given a list of limits to begin with. James and Brando discuss whether diving should be considered a sport or…
71 - Cayman Cowboys
Aug 3, 2018 • 51 min
In the fall of 1995, Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine published the most controversial article ever to hit the scuba industry, Cayman Cowboys. This article chronicled the secret life of your favorite dive masters living in island paradise. Well, your…
70 - No Bimbos
Jul 27, 2018 • 52 min
James and Brando take on the very touchy subject of “Sexism and Scuba Diving” just as the world celebrates International Women’s Dive Day. The boys found an article written by Jill Heinerth for Diver Magazine, “Sexism, Alive and Well in Scuba Diving!” The…
69 - A Dive Down Memory Lane
Jul 20, 2018 • 51 min
The boys ramble on in an “off the cuff” conversation while rustling through Brando’s library of ancient dive mags!! The more things change, the more they stay the same! A look into the future from 20+ years ago, before there was an Air McDoodle there was…
68 - Freaky Friday’s Photography Episode
Jul 13, 2018 • 57 min
Gather ‘round fellow divers and shutterbugs as the boys once again get together and discuss the fine art of underwater photography! The tables have turned though as Jamesy takes on the role of Photographer (kind of… ya see, it’s just a GoPro) and Brando…
67 - Deep Air 4
Jul 6, 2018 • 88 min
Is 500 feet the psychological and physical wall for air diving? Watson, Exley and Gilliam made that push beyond 400 feet and all realized their limitations on air. Join us a we wrap up our adventure.
66 - Deep Air 3
Jun 29, 2018 • 48 min
It’s January of 1955 and Frederic Dumas, our beloved Didi, has denounced the quest for the depth record as “imbecilic.” The push beyond 300 ft has the next wave of record seekers shouting, “J’ai frole la mort!” and “Hoooooooo!”
65 - Deep Air 2
Jun 22, 2018 • 44 min
As the men aqualungers begin to compete for depth, it doesn’t take long until we get our first fatality. What is it that lies in 50 Fathoms that we men yearn to see? Ah, but wait. It is not just the men that long for the deep.
64 - Deep Air 1
Jun 15, 2018 • 56 min
What do you get when you mix Nitrogen, Oxygen, Jacques Cousteau, Fargues, Shatner, Picard and a little dash of Hope Root? Answer, the Deep Air World Record. Was it the guts? Was it the glory? Was it for science or for ego? Save your comments for later,…
63 - Teaching The Wife To Dive
Jun 8, 2018 • 30 min
What happens when you are so desperate for dive buddies that you decide to teach your wife to scuba dive? No, not us! We take a trip back in time and look at the ways women were viewed a few decades ago. Also, we have a special guest host this week!
62 - Gatorland Guys
Jun 1, 2018 • 53 min
Have you ever been caught whacking your mask off? Seriously? Have you ever seen a Gator? In the water? What does all this mean? It’s a metaphor. A metaphor for diving. Specifically, the Laws of Diving.
61 - Brando’s Back
May 25, 2018 • 59 min
Brando and James catch up on life, Madagascar, Paris and a host of other off-topic topics. Eventually they discuss a few things in the scuba world that Brando missed while he was off traveling. AI’s… Artificial Intelligence? Alternate Inflators?? Tune in…
60 - The Complete Works of James and Brando of TGDP
May 18, 2018 • 74 min
Hey, let’s do a clips show. A highlights, best-of, collection of the last year or so and get a feel for what we’ve accomplished. Some of our favorite bits, funniest episodes and most informative dialog. Join us as we go back in time a take a small look at…
59 -The Inner Experience of Diving
May 11, 2018 • 56 min
Who are James and Brando? Well, they are just two fingers, wrapped in dry gloves, pointing to the moon, on dive boat… the dive boat of life. What the hell does that mean, you ask? Tune in your input mechanisms and join us for a look at the Inner…
58 - Mate Up For Safety
May 4, 2018 • 48 min
Get Groovy, this week with James and Brando as they take another trip back in time. This time to 1960’s and they explore the old scuba diver skill of Buddy Breathing. Join them as they discuss the ins and outs of shoving your thing in your buddy’s mouth.
57 - Soul Diving
Apr 27, 2018 • 59 min
This week the boy’s get all spiritual up in this hizzy!! Listen in as they reflect on an article by Dillon Waters called “Scuba Diving: It’s Just Not for Vacation”. ( This one’s deep, so bring…
56 - The Sea Was Angry That Day, My Friend
Apr 20, 2018 • 60 min
The Boys travel to Pompano Beach Florida for some much-needed ocean activities. What do a couple of scuba diving podcasters do when King Neptune shakes his trident into the wind? They sit by the pool during happy hour and answer life’s important…
55 Outsmarting Narcosis
Apr 13, 2018 • 68 min
The boys try to get away with some spiked ppN2’s. This week they discuss an article detailing tips, hints, and methods to help alleviate those nasty narcosis problems associated with deep diving on air. Relax and enjoy this deep dive into narcosis.
54 - Stay Golden Pony Bottle
Apr 6, 2018 • 59 min
On this week’s episode the boys review a video that was posted on FB’s Scuba Accident Forum ( ) centered around a deep dive to 76 meters on air. Pros & cons of deep air diving, The Outsiders, and even some Christopher Walken…
53 - Even More Strobery
Mar 30, 2018 • 49 min
Even more underwater photography for the budding underwater photographers out there listening to TGDP!! This week the boys dive deeper into strobes. Listen in while they follow along with an excellent article from “Diver” Magazine. (…
52 - Underwater Photography - Strobe Positioning & More
Mar 23, 2018 • 47 min
The boy’s get back to a fan favorite, underwater photography! This time they begin their exploration of underwater strobes with a great article written by Brent Durand in “Scuba Diving…
51 - The God DAN Accident Report Part 3-The Asymptomatic Hits Keep Rolling
Mar 16, 2018 • 62 min
Are the boys doing another DAN Episode? You’re God DAN right they are. Tune in as they finish up the 2018 Annual Report with talk about injuries like barotrauma, Skin bends, DCS Type 2 and more. They also discuss a moral question of when is the right age…
50 - The God DAN Accident Report Part 2
Mar 9, 2018 • 63 min
The boys continue (yet again for another week’s episode) their commentary on DAN’s recent accident report & analysis. This week they (continue to) go through the report and examine even more of the various accidents detailed in DAN’s report as well as…
49 The God DAN Accident Report Part 1
Mar 2, 2018 • 50 min
The boys continue their commentary on DAN’s recent accident report & analysis. This week they go through the report and examine a few of the various accidents detailed in DAN’s report. Relax, listen, and learn from the accident analysis on the week’s…
48 DAN’s Top 10 Improvements in Scuba Diving
Feb 23, 2018 • 62 min
The boys examine an article ( resulting from DAN’s most recent accident report and analysis. Are the boys on track with what DAN’s survey and analysis show? Take a listen and…
47 Tall Tales of Diving
Feb 16, 2018 • 63 min
Does a cautionary dive tale lose it’s efficacy if the author sells it as true but then proceeds to take certain ‘artistic liberties’ with the facts in order to liven up the story? You decide as the boys review an article about an instructor with too much…
46 The Great Hall Of Night - A Cousteau Classic
Feb 9, 2018 • 57 min
As National Cave Diving Month draws to a close, the boys venture into the roots of cave diving with our Big Fish, Ol’ Jacques Yves Cousteau!! Listen as they recount the tale of Jacques Cousteau’s expedition into the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in France. A near…
Feb 7, 2018 • 1 min
A teaser from this coming Friday’s Podcast Episode wrapping up TGDP’s celebration of National Cave Diving Month!!
45 A Beginners Guide to Cave Diving
Feb 2, 2018 • 43 min
This week the boys examine the parallels between cave diving training and open water diver training. Can an open water diver glean any benefit from cave diver training or is it that “open water diving open water diving, and cave diving is cave diving, and…
44 Bottomless Holes
Jan 26, 2018 • 50 min
It’s National Cave Diving Month and your buddies at TGDP are continuing their exploration into the writings of the famous cave diver and explorer, Sheck Exley. They’ll also review a recent accident in the same Florida cave explored and written about by…
43 Blueprint For Revival?
Jan 19, 2018 • 52 min
Blueprint for…Revival??? Has the dynamic Scubaduo gone completely overboard?? Have they backrolled into bananas?? Find out for yourself when you tune in to this week’s episode as they discuss how the recreational Scuba diver can gain insight from Sheck…
42 Dingos, Divers and DCS
Jan 12, 2018 • 56 min
The boys dive into a recent story about a DCS-Bends incident that is gaining a lot of discussion online. Listen in as they discuss both sides of the story. Even though only side has been released, but that doesn’t stop them or anyone else from jumping to…
41 - TGDP Rockin’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2018
Jan 5, 2018 • 50 min
Listen in as the boys discuss an article in Scuba Diving Magazine covering 21 popular New year’s resolutions for Scuba Divers for 2018! We hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve and wish you all a very prosperous and memorable 2018!!
40 - IceTube…it’s like Youtube but better
Dec 29, 2017 • 62 min
The boys continue their ice diving junket as they check out a few ice diving videos from YouTube. They’ll examine a few different ways they approach ice diving based on the environment, equipment, training, and experience. Chill out and and grab a cold…
39 - You’re As Cold As Ice
Dec 22, 2017 • 44 min
In celebration of the Ice Diving Season that is upon us, the boys visit an old article in Skin Diver Magazine from 1969 covering the “Ten Commandments of Ice Diving!” Also, we want to know your feelings on the BEST Ice Diving song! Check out our website…
38 The Wreck Dive of Doom
Dec 15, 2017 • 45 min
The boys become introspective and philosophical while they examine yet another “I Learned About Diving From That” article out of “Skin Diver Magazine” circa the ‘90’s. This one seems to show how the more things change, the more they stay the same… or…
37 - A Ménage à Trois of Death
Dec 8, 2017 • 43 min
We’ve all heard about them and some have even been part of one. The stories of this deadly practice are only whispered of in diving circles for fear of retaliation from “El Diablo de Buceo”! This week, the boys toss superstition aside and dive into just…
36 The Ultra Ballistic Gear Guide Article Review 2017 Pt2
Dec 1, 2017 • 44 min
In this second part of a two part series, the boys finish up the review of the Gear Guide article in Sport Diver Magazine’s Nov./Dec. 2017 Issue. This is a must listen episode for the holiday season shopping for the SCUBA diver in your life!!
35 - 2017 Gear Guide Article Review Pt 1
Nov 24, 2017 • 55 min
Just in time for Black Friday Christmas shopping for the SCUBA Diver in your life, our review of the Gear Guide Article for this Christmas season! In this 1st part of a 2 part series, the boys take a look at the picks for the Gear Guide article in Sport…
34 - Cold Water Pt 2
Nov 17, 2017 • 53 min
James and Brando continue their discussion of equipment selection for SCUBA Diving in cold water environments. This is part 2 of their ? part series covering cold water diving. This episode addresses drysuit types and accessories. Relax, listen, and…
33-The Fitz
Nov 10, 2017 • 46 min
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee….AND this episode of The Great Dive Podcast. Now that the skies of November have turned gloomy, the boys dedicate this episode to the sinking and diving of the iconic…
32-Cold Water Diving Pt 1
Nov 3, 2017 • 48 min
The boys dive into the subject of cold water diving in this 1st of a several part series on the subject. Today’s discussion focuses mainly on the debate between thick (7mm) wetsuit vs. drysuit… what are pros and cons of each and things to take into…
31 -All Hallows Dive
Oct 27, 2017 • 55 min
Join James & Brando for a haunted dive through the spookiest dive stories on the Internet. Underwater ghosts, sea creatures, alien humanoid monsters, and the things that are lurking in the deep just waiting to get you. Keep your dive lights on, this…
30- The Flying Dutchman
Oct 20, 2017 • 18 min
James reads from a classic book about Great Lakes Shipwrecks to celebrate this stormy time of year on our inland seas. The Great Storms of October and the November Gales have taken many ships and made for our very own “Flying Dutchman” on The Great Lakes.…
29 - Scuba-Do & Hugh
Oct 13, 2017 • 46 min
While cleaning the attic, James and Brando came across an old Playboy magazine with Scuba Diving right on the cover. They had to look! Listen in as the boys give a tribute to the late Hugh Hefner and read from this 1971 article “Scuba-Do!” It’s not all…
28 - Photography Survey Results Show
Oct 6, 2017 • 62 min
The boys review the survey results from an online questionnaire asking listeners about underwater photography. Join along as James discusses the ins and outs of his Iphone while the photographers get into the nitty gritty of the wonderful world of…
27- Fruity Pebbles in Outer Space (aka DAN Photo Contest Awesomeness)
Sep 29, 2017 • 61 min
The boys finally get back to the topic of underwater photography. Listen as they review some of the winners of DAN’s 2017 Ocean Views Photo Contest ( You’ll get a glimpse into the photographic genius of James as…
26- I Thought We Were Gonna Do Photography!
Sep 26, 2017 • 35 min
The boys get off track of their regularly scheduled topic of underwater photography to help ol’ Jamesy through a depressing bout of “Internetitis”….Sit back and enjoy as they discuss the pros and cons of the Internet’s Scuba forums…:-)
25 - Black & White Rules in Diving
Sep 15, 2017 • 59 min
The boys examine the hard and fast rules of scuba diving in a recent article from Dive Training Magazine! Relax and laugh along with James & Brando as this popular article is discussed!
24 - Human Factors Skills in Diving Micro-Class Review
Sep 8, 2017 • 29 min
oin the boys as the review the “Human Factors Skills in Diving” on line micro-course from Gareth Lock, founder of “Human Factors Academy”. The micro course is a modular online course with more than 3 hours of engaging and detailed material split into 15…
23 - Labor of Love
Sep 1, 2017 • 42 min
This week the boys talk about their “labor of love”… that is diving!! Listen as they celebrate Labor Day with the topic of working diving and recall a few of the diving jobs they’ve had over the years!! Enjoy and have a great Labor Day Weekend!!
22 - Listener Feedback 1
Aug 25, 2017 • 54 min
The boys go through some of the more notable feedback received since beginning the show a few short weeks ago!! Thanks to all the listeners and a special thanks to the supporters that have thrown a few bucks our way!! Much appreciated!!!
21 Worst case Scenarios (Pt 2)
Aug 18, 2017 • 59 min
Brando & James finish covering “Diving’s 15 Worst Case Scenarios” article and it turns out that splitting the discussion into two episodes was a good idea. Blown deco-stops, jammed reels, and a host of other diver distractions are just part of the topics…
20 Worst case Scenarios (Pt 1)
Aug 11, 2017 • 57 min
Time flies as the boys have some fun discussing an article covering “The 15 Worst Case Scenarios for Divers”. Sit back and enjoy an hour of “witty banter” in this genuine dialogue together!
19 - JC Part Deux
Aug 4, 2017 • 37 min
Grab your wetnotes divers as we dive into the history of the invention of the “Aqualung”. The boys tackle “Part Deux” of their “Big Fish” series featuring Jacques Yves Cousteau! Sit back and listen to James & Brando discuss the life of Jacques Cousteau…
18 - Pool Dive
Jul 28, 2017 • 11 min
After 4 months of the podcast, it’s time for a “Thank You”!! and an update of where we are at now. Join us as we recap a few things, share our progress, and make plans for the future.
17 - International Woman Diver Day
Jul 21, 2017 • 42 min
In celebration of Women’s Dive Day, James hit the local quarry to interview a group of women divers. Listen as the boys get some life lessons from several different ladies. A very special tank you to all of the fantastic women diving (& listening to our…
16 -Really 14.2
Jul 12, 2017 • 42 min
This week we wrap up Episode 14 with 14.2… which is really our 16th episode. We feature a topic by Gareth Lock, director of Human in the System Consulting and developed a course called Human Factors Skills in Diving. We brought up this topic from and…
15-Actually 14.1
Jul 7, 2017 • 53 min
Join the boys as they explore deeper into the murky waters of dive safety and instruction while using a fantastic magazine article written by diving legends Michael Menduno & Billy Deans in the early 90’s as a backdrop for the dialogue. Listen as Episode…
Jun 30, 2017 • 39 min
James & Brando dive into a discussion that started from a few stories circulating in social media. It gets deep. It gets serious. Do they have a point? Are they out of line? You decide as you listen to Episode 14.
13 Horror Stories & Underwater Learning Experiences
Jun 23, 2017 • 40 min
The boys relive a few of their own unlucky and horrific dive experiences and reflect on lessons learned!
12 - You Were Always My Favorite
Jun 16, 2017 • 43 min
In honor of Father’s Day and being our Father’s favorite children, James & Brando ramble on about their favorite dives…. or do they?? Check ‘em out and give this week’s episode a listen!!
11 Decompression- Ratios and Rants
Jun 9, 2017 • 44 min
What’s all the fuss about decompression about?? After receiving more than a few requests to touch upon the subject of ratio deco, the boys finally cover this voodoo decompression witchcraft … as well as the prim and proper use of dive computers and the…
10 - Photography Underwater 1
Jun 2, 2017 • 60 min
The boys dive into one of their favorite subjects…underwater photography! The digital world has made great photography readily attainable by most everyone… but should all divers have cameras with them underwater? Sit back and listen to the first of a…
9 The Bearded Mermaid of Apple Island
May 26, 2017 • 45 min
On a research dive for the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, the boys visit Orchard Lake’s famous Apple Island, in search of artifacts, ghosts, and moccasins… At the end of the podcast James gives a full reading of “The Legend of…
8 - Air To Spare
May 23, 2017 • 46 min
J & B decided to dive a little deeper into the subject of “out of air” just as an interesting magazine article was released. Listen as they get to the root of it all and add a little bit of that, “Je ne sais quoi”!
7 - Gear Fix
May 12, 2017 • 21 min
Springtime gear service…. how often do you service your gear? Once a year? Twice a year? 12 times a year? 15 times a year? Only whe it’s broken? Never? Listen to James & Brando discuss gear service and when it’s time to service it or just throw it in the…
6 - Instructor Jive
May 3, 2017 • 34 min
After you got your C-card, were you satisfied or did it seem something was missing? Was there something more? Something deeper to this diving stuff? The boys continue their discussion of the art of diving, specifically, seeking out good, high quality…
5 - Gear Choices
Apr 26, 2017 • 31 min
James & Brando talk about the gear you need for scuba diving. The boys discuss some tips about gear choices for divers just becoming certified and how they will grow with their gear…and although we don’t like to mention brand names, Brando mentions a lot…
4 - The Big Fish Series -Jacques Cousteau Pt 1
Apr 21, 2017 • 41 min
Sit back and enjoy as the boys read from the scripture of JC (Jacques Cousteau’s “Le Monde Du Silence”)… relive a few of the adventures as James and Brando celebrate Easter in Part 1 of a 3 series podcast resurrecting the memory of Jacques Yves Cousteau!
3 - My Buddy & Me
Apr 14, 2017 • 29 min
As Brando prepares for a holiday dive with his wife, the boys discuss what it means to be a good buddy!
2- The Advanced Diver Part 1
Apr 10, 2017 • 33 min
Join the boys as the dive into episode two with a big topic to get your fins shaking. The advanced diver! Is it a card? Is it a class? Is it a purchase or an experience? Take a listen share it with your buddies, and send us some feedback via comments or…
Intro Episode April 2017
Apr 5, 2017 • 20 min
James & Brando talk about how they got into diving and why thirty years later, they decide to start a podcast to talk about their favorite subject…diving! Learn why they began this endeavor and where they want to go with it in this first episode of “The…